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Lesson 1: Why choose Aquaponics?


Aquaponics = Hydroponics + RAS

A sustainable farming innovation

In this first lesson of our Aquaponics Manual we outline the features that differentiate and share Aquaponics, Hydroponics and RAS. In fact, often there might be confusion between these farming practices. Since Aquaponics is an evolution of these two methods. It reunites the advantages of Hydroponics and RAS with additional sustainable ones.

Moreover, we compare these soilless food production practices with Conventional and Organic farming. With a focus on the features that of most interest for smallholdings tackling with several challenges. Although the farming sector is much more nuanced than we put in our tables. But we aim to draw attention on the amount and variety of factors to take into account to choose a farming practice.

In fact, the public debate on this matter tend to be quite sloppy, concentrating only either on healthy food products or production capacity. Whereas the problems to solve are many others. Like, for instance the water consumption, the erosion of lands, the exhaustion of soil nutrients, the increase of water supply salinity levels caused by the rise of sea level, etc.

As a matter of fact, the main urgency of humankind is to increase the food production exploiting fewer resources. No matter what we deem is more “natural”. It has nothing to do with environmentalism or a personal lifestyle. It’s a long-dated necessity to satisfy the food requirements of the worldwide growing population (especially in urban,food desert areas).

Do you want to look deeper into the types of Aquaponics that in this lesson are just mentioned?

Read: 2. Vertical or Horizontal Aquaponic system?



= advantages   X= disadvantages

tabella hydro e rasHydroponics + RAS= Aquaponics-sustainable-farming-system

Edited by the team of My Rivendell



 Edited by the team of My Rivendell



Edited by the team of My Rivendell


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Davide Di Crescenzo subDavide Di Crescenzo is a marine biologist and an international Aquaponics expert who aims to share his 9-year expertise in the field.

He worked as consultant and official speaker for FAO to foster a sustainable development of Eastern Countries.

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  • ROLE MODEL: Jacques Cousteau, Elon Musk, Tesla, Mahatma Gandhi, Stephen Hawking
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